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A diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome is hard news to take in on its own, but finding out that your condition is worse than it should be due to a delays or misdiagnosis, is doubly devastating. Cauda Equina Syndrome requires rapid identification and treatment for patients to make the best possible recovery. Unfortunately, due to human error or faulty procedures, some patients do not receive the high standard of care to which they are entitled.

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) may not be common in pregnancy, but it can be excruciatingly painful. The condition causes pressure and swelling on the nerves in the spine. CES can start as gradual lower back aches, or attack a victim quickly with severe and debilitating pain. Cauda Equina needs surgical treatment to relieve pressure on the impacted nerves which should happen within 24-36 hours in extreme cases. If left too long, not only is it excruciatingly painful, nerves can be damaged beyond repair leading to permanent problems with sensory and motor function.

The rarity of a condition is no excuse for negligent care. Contact The Medical Compensation Experts today if you believe your CES was mistreated, or you experienced delayed diagnosis that caused you pain and distress and led your treatment and recovery to be more invasive than it should have been. We can assess your claim and help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome Negligence?

Do not underestimate the potential severity of Cauda Equina. Negligence in diagnosing and treating the condition can lead to both physical and neurological issues including the inability to walk, bowel and bladder incontinence, and permanent paralysis. The compression of the nerve can be incredibly painful as well as debilitating, making it even more crucial that those suffering from it receive due care and attention as early as possible.

Causes of Cauda Equina can include spinal tumours, negligent surgery, physical trauma, infection or inflammation, a herniated disc, or even congenital conditions. Cauda Equina clinical negligence can include delayed diagnosis and mistreatment. Its symptoms – such as pain in the lower back, numbness in legs, and sensory loss in the pelvis and buttocks, and loss of bladder or bowel control – may not feature in every case and that can make it difficult to diagnose. However, that is no reason not to expect a high standard of care.

While it’s true that lower back pain happens in almost every pregnancy, when these other symptoms are present, there should be further investigation.

Cauda Equina compensation cases have been raised for:

  • Not requesting further tests where Cauda Equina was suspected but not immediately apparent. CES is diagnosed with an MRI scan
  • Misinterpretation of scan results
  • Delayed surgical treatment due to miscommunication or lack of referral
  • Not obtaining informed patient consent before beginning treatment
  • Inadequate foetal monitoring during assessment and surgery
  • Surgical or anaesthesia errors

Cauda Equina is a condition that affects the mother rather than her baby. Surgery when pregnant is understandably something obstetricians want to avoid, but given how quickly the neurological complications can become permanent, medical staff need act promptly and cooperate with the neurosurgeon and their team for the long term health of the mother.

Thankfully, Cauda Equina is uncommon, and cases of it being caused by pregnancy are even more infrequent. Some doctors will never see or diagnose a case of it in their lives. Where negligence occurs is when doctors write symptoms off as insignificant when they need to investigate further and act quickly. Just because something is rare does not mean it should be ignored.

Cauda Equina Syndrome Negligence Case Study

A case study of a successful compensation claim for Cauda Equina negligence involved a woman with a history of herniated discs who experienced significant back pain at 34 weeks gestation. She informed her midwife during a regular check up and was advised to visit a chiropractor. During the spinal manipulation, the woman heard a loud crack and immediately felt an increase in pain which worsened as the day progressed. Believing her symptoms to be due to pregnancy, the woman called the antenatal service and was advised to go to the hospital.

Given her advanced state of pregnancy, the woman was sent straight from A&E to the obstetrics department. Despite the patient’s history of back pain, she was not referred for an MRI as the consulting doctor felt it may harm the baby. The patient was sent home where her pain continued to increase, and she began showing other symptoms including numb buttocks and bladder incontinence every time she stood up. When she phoned again, she was told these were all normal pregnancy symptoms and prescribed painkillers. She was told it was not necessary to go back to the hospital.

The following morning the patient phoned the midwife service for advice, describing her symptoms which had now increased to include leg pain and spasms. They phoned her back several hours later and advised her to come back to the hospital, around 48 hours after she had first reported feeling CES symptoms. Tests, including an MRI scan, were done, but because she had been allowed to eat surgery was delayed another 12 hours. By this point, her bladder had stretched beyond repair.

As the patient was over 34 weeks gestation, the decision was made, with her agreement, to have an emergency caesarian before spinal surgery, to prevent her baby being exposed to the anaesthetic. Both surgeries went well, and her baby was born healthy. Unfortunately, delays in diagnosing and treating her CES has led to permanent incontinence and regular bladder infections. These life-altering conditions were recognised when calculating her compensation payment.

You can find examples of other case studies here and here.

Claiming Compensation for Cauda Equina Syndrome

The amount of compensation you will receive for your for Cauda Equina Syndrome negligence claim will depend on your prognosis. If, as in the above scenario, the delays cause permanent damage that limits how you live your life day-to-day then you should expect to be paid damages for this. You should also receive money to compensate you for any lost earnings both while you are recovering, and loss of future earnings if you are unable to continue working due to your injury.

Other aspects which may be considered when calculating damages include:

  • Additional home help or childcare if you are unable to carry out routine tasks
  • The deterioration of your libido or sex life due to your physical injury
  • The cost of transport to and from any medical appointments or hospital treatments
  • Ongoing pain and suffering caused by medical negligence

Although it is not possible to accurately predict how much compensation you will get for your medical negligence claim, Cauda Equina negligence claims are often tens of thousands of pounds. As the condition requires prompt treatment, delays and negligence can cause permanent and life changing damage which is recognised in high amounts.

Your personal injury solicitor will advise you on what they believe will be a fair amount of compensation in your particular situation.

How Can We Help?

Making a claim for Cauda Equina negligence – or any clinical negligence – is not usually a quick process, but The Medical Negligence Experts have the right people and procedures in place to make it as smooth and stress-free for you as possible.

It all starts when you take the first step and contact The Medical Negligence Experts. You will speak with one of our team of lawyers experienced in obtaining compensation in situations like yours. They will find out about what has happened to you and how your life has been affected and professionally assess the strength of your claim and the likelihood of you being successful if you decide to proceed.

The next stage is to gather the evidence necessary to support your claim for Cauda Equina negligence. The evidence can include findings from an independent medical assessor. We will compile this information and present it with your request for compensation to your health provider. Some negotiation may take place, but a high number of compensation claims end with an out-of- court settlement. If your care provider refuses to accept responsibility, or you can’t reach an agreement on an appropriate amount, we will seek assistance from the courts to make sure you receive adequate compensation and an end to your ordeal.

No Win No Fee* Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims

The Medical Negligence Experts make it possible for everyone to afford top-quality legal support with our No Win No Fee* agreement. We also a provide free, no obligation legal consultation where you can ask any questions you have about whether you are eligible to make a claim and how the process works, and provide you with any other information you need so you can make a confident decision about how to proceed.

No Win No Fee* agreements reduce any financial risk associated with starting a compensation claim. Even though we will only recommend you start an application if we believe it will be successful, the outcome will depend on the quality of proof showing the extent of your injury and the negligent care that led to it. No Win No Fee* means what it says – if you don’t receive compensation then you do not have to pay. We can help with After Event (ATE) insurance on your behalf to cover the other party’s legal costs if your claim is unsuccessful. If you are interested, then get in touch so we can explain how the process will work for you.

We understand the importance of keeping clients updated about the progress of their claim. To avoid the irritation and upset of having to repeat potentially upsetting information to a host of people, we will give you the email and phone number of your personal injury lawyer. You can contact them directly and not be routed around impersonal call centres or have to wait days because your email is sitting unread in a general inbox.

We do as much as possible to personalise the service we offer so that it fits your needs. Every compensation claim is unique as no one person or their family is affected by negligence in the same way.

Compensation Claim Time Limits

The deadline for making a medical negligence claim is three years from the date of an injury or, if the person is under 18 years at the time, until the day before their 21st birthday. The claim does not need to be complete in this period, but it is important that you initiate it before then so contact The Medical Negligence Experts today.

The Medical Negligence Experts can also assist if you have suffered another sort of medical negligence during pregnancy. Types of pregnancy and birth claims we handle include:

  • Avoidable injuries caused to a mother or baby during delivery such as incorrect use of forceps or a ventouse.
  • Delay in intervening when a mother or baby is struggling. Examples of this include inadequate foetal monitoring to determine if a baby is in distress and brain damage or death when an emergency caesarian is not performed in time.
  • Failing to give an episiotomy that would avoid muscular tears, or negligent episiotomy stitching and repair.

If you have been affected by Cauda Equina Syndrome negligence or any other type of pregnancy or birth negligence, you could be entitled to claim compensation. The Medical Negligence Experts have the knowledge and experience necessary achieve the most positive outcome for you and your family. We appreciate that some applications are straightforward and easy to resolve while others, especially when a long term prognosis is not yet clear, can take far longer to resolve. Rest assured that your lawyer will be with you every step of the way from the moment you decide to claim compensation until you receive payment.

Call today or fill in our online contact form and we will call at a time that suits you.

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Am I eligible?

If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.

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How much could I claim?

As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.

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How does the process work?

We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.

Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.

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We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.

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We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.

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On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.

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Whether you are ready to make a cauda equina negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back whenever suits you.

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